The Newport Public Services Department’s Clean City Program will hold a Spring Recycling Day for ‘harder to recycle’ items on Saturday, April 8 from 8 a.m. until 12 p.m. rain or shine in Easton’s Beach east parking lot, 175 Memorial Blvd., Newport. This event will accept the following items for recycling: paper shredding, scrap metal, rigid plastics, clothing and useable household items, books, cooking oil, cardboard and electronics.

Detailed list of items accepted and restrictions:

  • Paper shredding service (paper will be recycled): Bring up to 4 banker boxes of sensitive paper documents to be shredded. 4 boxes is the limit for each resident for shredding. No commercial businesses accepted. ONLY sensitive documents, no magazines or newspapers.
  • Scrap metal: Metal hangers, pots, pans, metal chains, screws, nails, any other item that is primarily made out of metal. NO items containing Freon or hazardous waste accepted in the metal container.
  • Rigid plastics not normally collected in the curbside recycling program: Plastic containers over 2 gallons, old recycling bins & trash barrels, plastic toys, buckets, milk crates, laundry baskets, plant pots and more.Clothing & household items: Gently used items such as: anything made of cloth – clothing, blankets & more, household items & small appliances. Many restrictions apply – please see bbbsos.org for more information on acceptable donation items.
  • Books: Hardcover, paperback, any age – child or adult, DVDs, VHS tapes. Many restrictions apply – please see discoverbooks.com for more information on acceptable donation items.
  • Mattress/ Box Spring: clean, dry and clear of any living organisms. Collected by the Mattress Recycling Counsel. Click here for more information.
  • Bicycles/bikes: Working and salvageable bicycles will be accepted for recycling by Bike Newport and The East Bay Met School.
  • Cooking oil: Newport Biodiesel will be accepting all vegetable cooking oil for recycling.
  • No Plastic bags will be accepted at this event. Please reuse them or bring your plastic grocery bags and other types of clean & dry plastic film to local retailers with recycling programs already set up (Stop & Shop, TJ Maxx, Shaws, etc).
  • No Styrofoam will be accepted at this event. Please reuse it or bring your Styrofoam to RIRRC at 65 Shun Pike in Johnston, RI.

Please visit http://engagenewport.com/clean-city under the events tab for a detailed list of items accepted and restrictions. Compost bins will also be discounted at the event. Residents will receive a $5 discount when purchasing at the event. A $100 retail value for $35!

The second portion of the event is open to Newport Residents ONLY – Bulky Waste Amnesty Day. Residents may dispose of TWO bulky trash items per household MAXIMUM. There is a six item max for homeowners who own multiple homes. Residents must call in advance to make an appointment and MUST bring proof of residency the day of the event (401) 845-5617. Appointments will be accepted until close of business April 5, 2017. There will be no entry until 8 a.m. and gates will close promptly at 12 p.m.

This event will NOT accept hazardous waste, Freon containing items (eg, ACs, refrigerators, and freezers), plastic bags or Styrofoam. However, Rhode Island Resource Recovery will be holding two hazardous waste events on Saturday, April 8. The events will be held at RIRRC at 65 Shun Pike in Johnston from 8 a.m. to noon and at the Coventry Town Hall from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. Please call ahead to make an appointment at (401) 942-1430 ext. 241 and visit www.ecodepotri.org for more information and restrictions.

Ryan M. Belmore

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